The delay is independent of any delay that the module or driver's close routine itself chooses to impose. If O_NDELAY (or O_NONBLOCK) is set, the pop is performed immediately and the driver is closed without delay.
Messages can remain queued, for example, if flow control is inhibiting execution of the write queue service procedure. When all modules are popped and any wait for the driver to drain is completed, the driver close routine is called. On return from the driver close, any messages left on the driver's queues are freed, and the queue and Stream head structures are released.